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South Orange County Community College District  Innovative Projects - Predictive Analytics - Currently Under Development

Higher educational institutions teem with “digital exhaust”—digital data that is collected but rarely viewed, much less used to increase student success.  A new movement known as Big Data seeks to combine massive amounts of data from different sources with sophisticated mathematical modeling to glean business value from such data. 

In what ultimately became a “coast-to-coast” project, we worked with mathematicians from New York to Southern California to leverage machine learning techniques in order to help students select classes in which they are more likely to be successful.  Our ensemble mathematical model utilizes matrix factorization, decision trees, Bayesian networks, and linear regression models operating on nearly a million course and student grade records.  We have completed the research phase of the project and are in the process of forming our student-centered design team with software release scheduled for Summer 2014.